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Letter: Speak up to legislators about overspending

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From: Greg Harter


Received: Feb. 8

Our Congress is so out of touch with us and spending has become so irrelevant as to be incredulous. Consider the most recent bills purportedly to help rebuild after Hurricane Sandy.

The first $9.7 billion, passed by the House on Jan. 4, actually went to those affected by the hurricane to pay out insurance claims.

Then all common sense went out the window. On Jan. 15, an additional $50.7 billion package passed the House. Billions in this bill are unrelated to the hurricane. The bill is “porked up” with funds for fisheries in Alaska, museum repairs in D.C. and tree planting. The list is very long. More than $12 billion is for mitigation projects for the “next storm,” wherever and whenever that might be.

You can watch and listen to newscasts and will hear nothing about this. It is as if many people have given up and are saying “whatever.” I believe we absolutely should not continue as a country to spend ourselves into oblivion.

Regardless of your political opinions, we must become diligent and begin focusing on a balance of revenue and expense. You will hear moans and groans during the next few weeks about how we must not reduce funds for anything from defense to education to relief, or even to Social Security and Medicare.

This attitude just forces us further up a gangplank to a ship that isn’t there. Speak up, America!

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